SA drought persists despite May rainfall

Johannesburg - South Africa's is still suffering the effects of a drought despite increased rainfall in May, leaving dam water levels low and crop supplies scant, the agricultural ministry said on Monday.

The persistence of a severe drought across southern Africa will result in widening cereal deficits due to crop failures, the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.

The department said rainfall had increased in the first ten days of May but that drought conditions would continue.

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